IOP talks physics at annual science conference for teachers

23 January 2015

A new resource on using exoplanets to inspire school students was the focus of an IOP workshop at the Association for Science Education annual conference this month.

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The session was one of six offered by the IOP at the conference, which was held at the University of Reading on 7–10 January and attracted more than 2000 teachers and other science education professionals. Speakers at the event included Sir David Bell, former head of Ofsted and ASE president for 2015, and visitors could sample exhibitions, discussions and hands-on science activities.

Other IOP sessions covered teaching energy in the new national curriculum and effective mind mapping and memory techniques in science education. Ideas for teaching electricity, magnetism, electromagnetism and sound were brought together in a workshop called “Technology Rocks”.

A workshop on “Thinking on Your Feet – Football and Physics” looked at a new resource developed by the IOP in collaboration with Arsenal Football Club that explores physics activities linked to football. There was also a session on Girls and Physics, which looked at the work that the Institute has been doing since it published Closing Doors in December 2013 and offered suggested interventions and resources for challenging gender stereotyping.

More information about the IOP’s classroom support and resources for teachers can be found here.